Beavers blow lead, fall in opener

Kansas State ties it in the ninth, scores four in 10th to stun OSU

CORVALLIS — Tanner Witt's two-run single in the 10th inning capped a four-run rally and Kansas State beat Oregon State 6-2 on Saturday in the opening game of the Corvallis super regional.

The Wildcats (45-17) had seven hits over the final two innings and sent nine batters to the plate in the 10th. They pulled ahead when Jared King led off the inning with a bloop double into shallow left-center and Jon Davis brought him home with an RBI single. Two batters later, pinch hitter Mitch Meyer knocked a bases-loaded RBI single, and Witt broke the game open with a two-run single into right field.


RECAP: Kansas State has seven hits over the final two innings to cap a rally from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth in the opening game of the Corvallis super regional.

UP NEXT: Game 2, tonight, 7 o'clock, at Goss Stadium, Corvallis.

With two outs and two strikes in the ninth, Ross Kivett doubled into the right field gap and reached third on an error, scoring when Witt followed with an RBI single that stunned the record crowd of 3,574 at Goss Stadium.

"Kansas State played very well," said Oregon State coach Pat Casey. "We certainly had many opportunities early in the game or throughout the game. I thought that we wouldn't have to go to extra innings. It's tough when you get down to the last strike and you don't get it done."

The rally spoiled a strong effort by Oregon State starter Matt Boyd, who struck out three and held the Big 12's top-hitting team to five hits over seven innings.

"I just threw pitches, that's it, down in the zone," said Boyd. "I could have done better. I just tried to keep it down in the zone."

Pac-12 Player of the Year Michael Conforto put Oregon State (48-11) ahead in the fourth with a two-run homer over the right field bleachers.

The Wildcats got one back in the sixth when, Kivett led off with a double and Witt followed with an infield single. Boyd then hit two straight batters to force in a run.

Jake Mattys (9-1) earned the win with two innings of relief.

Jace Fry (0-1) took the loss.

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